Myanmar to release 5,600 prisoners held for anti-junta protests

The paper reported that 647 prisoners had been released from Yangon’s Insein prison, while 80 were freed from a prison in Mandalay. Another 4,320 defendants currently before the courts will also be acquitted, said a notice in the paper. The release follows the junta’s announcement Monday that it would free more than 5,600 people arrested … Read more

Countries in Asia are placing orders for a new drug to treat coronavirus. Poorer nations could miss out again

Experts say while the pill looks promising, they worry some people will use it as an alternative to vaccines, which still offer the best protection. And they caution that Asia’s race to stock up on the pill could see a repeat of the vaccine grab last year, when wealthier countries were accused of hoarding doses … Read more

China isn’t about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

Beijing has cast waves of aggression toward the island ever since the former Nationalist government fled there at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason for alarm. Beijing is piling military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan to achieve its longterm goal of “One China” — … Read more

More than 30 killed as suicide attack rocks mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

It is the second week running that an attack has targeted Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The majority of Afghans practice Sunni Islam. “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officials in Kandahar have said, 32 people lost their lives and more than 68 others were wounded after three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Imam Bargah mosque (Shia) … Read more

‘We believe nature has a soul’: CNN Hero’s offer of rice inspired people in Bali to collect nearly 500 tons of plastic for recycling

More than half of Bali’s economic revenue stems from tourism, employing hundreds of thousands of Balinese people in the industry. Many moved back to their home villages. And with more people returning to the villages, more trash piled up. With so many people out of work, they were also going hungry. “I said to myself, … Read more

At least 46 people killed in Taiwan fire

The blaze started in the 13-story commercial and residential building at 2:54 a.m. local time (2:54 p.m. ET) in Kaohsiung city’s Yancheng district, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA). Rescue operations are still underway, with more than 377 rescue workers deployed to the scene, a spokesman at the Kaohsiung city fire bureau told … Read more

Japan’s Prime Minister dissolves Parliament ahead of election

The vote, to be held on October 31, will be Kishida’s first major test after he won the ruling party’s leadership election on September 29 and was officially appointed Japan’s 100th Prime Minister on October 4. Local media reports have suggested the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, headed by Kishida, hopes to take advantage of the … Read more

Asian Development Bank boosts climate financing goal to $100 billion through 2030

The Asian Development Bank‘s chief said on Tuesday said the lender will boost its climate financing goals by $20 billion to a new target of $100 billion through 2030 and aims to launch its concept for retiring coal-fired power plants at the COP26 climate conference in Scotland next month. The plans, disclosed by ADB President … Read more

5 Indian soldiers among 7 killed in Kashmir gun battles

In the deadliest incident for the country’s security forces in the Himalayan region this year, a military official said five soldiers died after a shootout with suspected militants near the border with Pakistan. “They were moved to a nearby medical facility but succumbed to their injuries,” spokesman Lt. Col. Davinder Anand said. Claimed in full … Read more

Father of Pakistan’s nuclear program Abdul Qadeer Khan dies at 85

Khan was given a state funeral at Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque on Sunday. The funeral, attended by thousands of mourners including Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, was held in pouring rain. Khan was hailed as a national hero in Pakistan for helping make the country a nuclear-armed state, but was viewed by … Read more